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Do you want to start up a business here in Garden City? Here’s what you’ll need:

Certificate of Zoning Compliance

This certificate ensures your business is in compliance with the Garden City zoning regulations, and can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office on the 2nd floor of the City Administrative Center at 301 N. 8th Street. If you have any questions regarding the Certificate please call (620)276-1161.

  • Needed when:
    • Change in Ownership
    • Change in Location
    • New Business
  • Cost: $25

Itinerant Merchant License

Do you want to set up a temporary business here in Garden City? If you want to sell goods, services, food or beverages on a property you do not own, or door to door sales, you will need an Itinerate Merchants License.

  • Local Businesses: $365/ year
  • Non-Local Businesses:
    • $300/day
    • $900/month

Contractor’s License

All construction fashioned on property that is not yours or under your direct family’s ownership, must be done by a licensed contractor. To check to see if the contractor you want to hire is licensed with Garden City, please call the Neighborhood & Development Services Department at (620) 276-1170. If you are a contractor and want to get licensed with Garden City, please come visit the Neighborhood & Development Services Department at 301 N. 8th Street, to fill out an application.

  • New License: $200
  • License Renewal: $100
  • Trade Card: $20 (Required for electrical, plumbing, mechanical, masters, journeyman and helpers)

Liquor License

Are you wanting to sell liquor at your place of business, you will need to obtain a liquor license from the City Clerk’s Office located at 301 N. 8th Street. If you have any questions please contact the City Clerk at (620)276-1161. Liquor licenses are good for 2 years from the date of application.

  • Cost: $500

Cereal Malt Beverage License

If you are a looking to sell cereal malt beverages, you will need to obtain a cereal malt beverage license from the City Clerk’s Office located at 301 N. 8th Street. If you have any questions please contact the City Clerk at (620)276-1161.

  • Retail License (Not drinking on the premise): $75
  • Restaurants (Drinking on premise): $125
  • Temporary CMB Event: $50/day

Arborist License

If you need to have a tree on your property removed or trimmed above 8’, and do not want to do it yourself, as a homeowner, you will need a licensed Arborist with The City of Garden City. To check to see if the Arborist you want to hire is licensed with Garden City, please call (620)276-1170. If you are interested in becoming a licensed arborist with the City, please visit the Neighborhood & Development Services Department at 301 N. 8th Street to fill out an application.

  • Cost: $35

Other Licenses

All of the licenses listed below can be obtained from the City Clerk located at the City Administration Building at 301 N. 8th Street, second floor. For any questions please call (620)276-1161.

  • Circuses and Carnivals: $300/day (with a $2,500 deposit)
  • Precious Metal, Pawnbroker & Scrap Dealer: $25
  • Haunted House, Halloween House or Mystery Mansion: No fee
  • Taxicab Stations/Vehicles and Drivers: $15 (plus $15/vehicle used as a taxicab)

Permits required by the City of Garden City: Please visit us at 301 N. 8th Street or call (620)276-1120 and we will be happy to assist you with filling out your permit.

  • Building Permit
  • Electrical/Plumbing/Mechanical Permit
  • Fence Permit
  • Sign Permit
  • Roof Permit
  • Demolition Permit
  • Excavation/Curb Cut Permit